Tankers on Fire in Gulf of Oman

Fire and smoke billow from Norwegian-owned Front Altair tanker on June 13 after it was attacked in the waters of the Gulf of Oman.
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Tankers on Fire in Gulf of Oman

Iran’s fingerprints are on a bold attack against the oil trade and the global economy.

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Just after sunrise on June 13, two massive tankers full of petrochemicals were attacked inside the Gulf of Oman, at the exit point of the Strait of Hormuz. The Kokuka Courageous, a Japanese-flagged vessel enroute from Saudi Arabia to Singapore, was struck by an explosive device, most likely a magnetic mine that attached to the side of the ship. The resultant fire in the engine room caused the crew to abandon ship.

Shortly thereafter, another distress signal was received by United States Navy ships in the Gulf. Norwegian-owned tanker Front Altair, bound for Taiwan from the United Arab Emirates, reported that it too had suffered an explosion. Its crew also required rescue.

While no nation has claimed responsibility for the attack, the U.S. blames Iran. And the evidence is quite compelling. On Friday, the U.S. Navy released grainy surveillance footage of an Iranian fast attack boat approaching the side of the Kokuka Courageous. The video was captured at 4 p.m. local time yesterday, and allegedly shows the Iranians removing an unexploded Limpet mine from the ship’s hull.

Earlier, members of the Kokuka Courageous crew claimed to have spotted the undetonated mine. Fears that it too would explode were part of the reason they abandoned ship. The Iranians tried to hide the evidence, but instead were caught red-handed.

Iran insists it had nothing to do with the attacks, and emphasizes that its sailors rescued some of the tankers’ crew members. (The attack occurred about 20 miles from a new Iranian naval base.)

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo emphatically blamed Iran for yesterday’s attacks, linking them with several other aggressive Iranian actions over the past month. He stated:

It is the assessment of the United States government that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks that occurred in the Gulf of Oman today. This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication.

Thursday’s brazen attacks in the Gulf of Oman are similar to a May 14 attack, when four oil tankers from Norway, Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. were also struck by Limpet mines while at anchor outside Port Fujairah. The port, which onloads oil drawn by pipeline from inside the Persian Gulf, allowing tankers to avoid transit through the Strait of Hormuz.

A preliminary investigation into the May 14 attacks by the U.A.E., Norway and Saudi Arabia declined to blame Iran directly for the attack, but said its precision showed that it was definitely perpetrated by a “state actor.” The investigators’ statement read:

The explosive charges were placed with a high degree of precision under the waterline, in ways that were designed to incapacitate the ship without sinking them or detonating their cargoes, indicating minute knowledge of the design of the targeted ships. … The attacks required expert navigation of fast boats that were able to intrude into U.A.E. territorial water and to exfiltrate the operatives after delivering the explosive charges.

Fast boats, Limpet mines, naval divers and, most importantly, motivation all point to Iran as the perpetrator of the May 14 attacks and the June 13 attacks. Iran had warned on April 22 that it would impede the flow of oil out of the Persian Gulf if U.S. financial sanctions prevented it from exporting its own oil.

The style of the attacks also falls very much in line with Iran’s abilities. Iran could never win a full-scale war against the U.S., so it uses hybrid warfare, attacking through proxies or with plausible deniability. This gives it much more power over the Persian Gulf and other strategic areas than it would have if it advanced its interests using its diplomatic and military assets in compliance with international conventions and laws.

About 30 percent of shipping oil sails out of the Persian Gulf. Threatening its safe transit causes oil prices to rise worldwide. In the hours following Thursday’s attack, the price of oil jumped 4 percent.

Iran has been training for years to carry out the type of attacks we are now witnessing. It knows that the attacks’ effect on the price of oil is one of its most important geopolitical weapons. Anthony H. Cordesman, an analyst for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, summarized Iran’s capabilities yesterday:

Iran also does not have to launch a major war. It can conduct sporadic, low-level attacks that do not necessarily provoke a major U.S. or Arab reaction, but create sudden risk premiums in petroleum prices and the equivalent of a war of attrition. Tankers are inherently vulnerable to relatively small anti-ship missiles and ucavs [unmanned combat aerial vehicles], and attacks by submersibles and radio-controlled small craft filled with high explosives. Iran can plant “smart” mines in the bottom of tanker routes that can detect large tankers and home in on them, and be set to arm at widely spaced intervals.

These methods of “hybrid” attack can be carried by individual ships … that are not part of Iran’s armed forces, that do not have Iranian flags or operators wearing Iranian uniforms, and that cannot be directly tied to actions by the Iranian government.

Iran is uniquely positioned to attack and upset global oil trade in the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz, the Gulf of Oman and the Bab el-Mandeb, two of the three sides of the Arabian Peninsula. In addition, Iranian-backed Houthis are experienced at laying naval mines and using exploding boats to disrupt shipping along the third side: the Red Sea.

These attacks and the resulting rise in oil prices remind us that the global economy heavily depends on this single, vulnerable commodity.

Bible prophecy indicates that this vulnerability will play an even greater role in world events very soon.

Daniel 11:40-45 state that an end-time “king of the south” will gain control over Egypt, Libya and Ethiopia. This will give it a grip on many of the world’s major oil choke points. Control of Egypt would mean control of the Suez Canal. Control of Ethiopia would probably include control of the Horn of Africa and the Bab el-Mandeb. Libya is an oil-producing nation and would add a strategic base on the Mediterranean. Iran virtually controls Iraq already, the world’s fourth-largest oil producer.

If the global oil price is impacted by attacking just two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, what will happen if Iran actually mobilizes its forces to do larger, simultaneous attacks on all these geographic areas. If Iran halts maritime traffic for weeks or even days, the major delays and soaring oil prices will heavily damage the global economy.

The U.S. hopes that such an eventuality will never take place. Renewed financial sanctions on Iran’s oil sector are being imposed as part of a high-pressure campaign to compel Iran to change its behavior and negotiate.

The same day the attack took place, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe was in Tehran on the first visit by a Japanese leader since the Islamic Revolution. Abe was acting as an emissary for U.S. President Donald Trump, delivering a message to the Iranians that the U.S. wants to negotiate with Iran.

Needless to say, two burning tankers burning in the Gulf Oman are Iran’s answer. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated on Twitter that Iran would not negotiate anytime soon.

Such a hard-nosed response, even while the Iranian population suffers its greatest economic hardship in 40 years, indicates that Iran’s direction is set. The fundamental nature of the Iranian regime, as well as biblical prophecy, indicates that Iran will not moderate, even under the high-pressure campaign of the United States.

As far back as December 1994, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry speculated that an attack on global oil supplies by Iran would have huge ramifications. It “could help trigger a collapse of the Western world’s weak currencies,” he wrote. “This in turn could cause Europe to quickly unite into the most powerful economic bloc in the world. That very event is prophesied to occur in your own Bible!”

The most revealing scripture about this clash is Daniel 11:40: “And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.” Radical Islam led by Iran is this king of the south, and Germany will lead the king of the north. Mr. Flurry proves these identities in his free booklet The King of the South.

To learn more about this prophesied rise of Iran, the role oil will play in the conflict, and why Iran will not moderate, please request The King of the South.

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Why Justin Trudeau Can’t Afford to Be Audited

Canada’s prime minister channels funds away from the auditor general and prevents scrutiny of his administration.

Canada’s auditor general has revealed that his department, which performs audit reviews of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government performance, has not received proper levels of funding to fulfill its mandate and, consequently, must now cut the number of audits it is performing.

Interim Auditor General Sylvain Ricard told a House of Commons committee, “Although the 2018 federal budget provided us with some new ongoing funding, we did not get any of the new funding that we requested in the 2019 federal budget. … In the near term, we have no choice but to decrease the number of performance audits that we conduct.”

The deputy auditor general has said the department typically performs around 25 audits a year. That has now dropped to 14. Two of the five current audits being dropped includes protecting Canada’s north—an issue with the serious potential to negatively impact the Liberals in the upcoming fall election—and heritage service to Canadians.

The lack of funds effectively blocks the auditor general’s ability to audit, to hold to account the internal financial programs of the Trudeau government, and to make sure the government is properly following the rule of law. It also prevents ordinary Canadians from getting an inside look into how their taxes are being spent. It prevents the auditor general from finding any misdeeds.

Just four years ago, Trudeau accused then Prime Minister Stephen Harper of leading the “most secretive, divisive and hyperpartisan government in Canada’s history,” and he promised Canadians transparency in his government. “We will make information more accessible by requiring transparency to be a fundamental principle across the federal government,” he said. Now that he is prime minister, Trudeau’s decision to spend lavishly in other areas while constraining funding for this vital department is deeply troubling.

The auditor general’s work is an important function in Canadian democracy. It often lifts the lid on wrongdoing of whatever government might be in power. In 2004, for example, the auditor general uncovered widespread lawbreaking by a Liberal government. Ultimately, among other lawbreaking and kleptocracy, it was revealed that taxpayer funds were redirected to enrich the political fortunes of the Liberal Party and its affiliates. The total cost to taxpayers, whether through misappropriation of funds or through the subsequent inquires and commissions to get to the bottom of the theft, was more than $100 million (not adjusted for inflation). The scandal was later said to be a main reason for the defeat of the Liberal government in the 2006 election.

The projected shortfall in funding for this crucial department of government accountability is $10 million.

Somehow, though, the prime minister has spent or earmarked money for other liberal projects in the hundreds of millions for foreign aid in sexual, reproductive and maternal health (funding abortion in foreign countries). Then there was $3 million budgeted for the Liberal government’s Twitter account and almost $7 million for promotional items like branded pens. There also was the $24.4 million spent on Facebook and Instagram ads. Then there is $15 million more for a tree-replanting program, and another $12 million for a major grocery chain to help retrofit its refrigerators to make them more climate friendly.

There seems to be money available for everything but audits.

In fact, the Trudeau government is spending tens of billions in deficit spending every year. Trudeau has spent more money (on a per-person, inflation-adjusted basis) than any other Canadian prime minister in history. But he doesn’t want Canadians to know exactly how it is being spent.

It raises the realistic question: What does the current Liberal government have to hide?

Since coming to power in 2015, Prime Minister Trudeau has been leading the most secretive, divisive and hyper-partisan government in Canada’s history. Canadians need to know why God is allowing these sudden, dramatic and perplexing changes. There is a hidden force at work, rapidly undermining the rule of law in Canada. The auditor general report is just one more example of the current hyper-partisanship afflicting Canada and the serious ongoing problems the Trudeau government has with the truth.

To understand the spirit of lawlessness that has infected Canada’s government and its public and bureaucratic institutions, read America Under Attack and Great Again. These two booklets not only explain what you are seeing today in Canada, but why you are seeing it. These two booklets also explain what these trends in Canada mean for the future.

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Germany’s Dramatic Rise of the Greens

Why Germany’s supposed hope reveals its dark future

Germany’s Green party is rising dramatically in the polls. The party campaigns for a world that is free of environmental pollution, free of social injustices, and free of discrimination. The Greens’ dream is nothing less than utopia. And its means to achieve that dream are not only illusory but also very dangerous. In their quest for a better world, many Germans are trusting in more radical solutions.

In the European elections on May 26, the Greens almost doubled its percentage of the vote to 20.5 percent. It came in second only to the Christian Democratic Union–Christian Social Union. For the first time in history, the Greens could be a contestant for Germany’s leadership. And the upward trend continues.

A May 27–31 Forsa Trend Barometer by rtl and n-tv puts the Greens currently as Germany’s strongest political party nationwide, supported by 27 percent of German voters. The Christian Democrats fell to 26 percent. The Social Democrats fell to a historic low of 12 percent.

The popularity of the movement is growing especially fast among young people. Thousands of students demonstrate for a greener world at “Fridays for Future” marches. The students demand that the politicians finally act and implement more environmentalist policies.

Most look at the Greens, with its goal of establishing a utopia, as a shining bright light in a darkening world. Its rise stands in stark contrast to Europe’s far right.

Greens War Against Capitalism

But the Greens’ demands are aimed at destroying the liberal world order.

The first thing that probably comes to mind when thinking about the Greens’ visionary policies is the promise of a “green” world, a world free of environmental pollution and full of wind turbines. The party is a strong advocate of the Paris Agreement on combating climate change and demands a stricter enforcement of eco-friendly policies. Less known about the Greens is its demand to end discrimination, strengthen the European Union, and empower police and security forces.

The party’s roots trace back to the 1970s, when protests against nuclear energy and social injustices were popular. From the beginning, the party claimed to fight capitalism or the market-based order led by the United States. Many at the time blamed domestic and global poverty on this order. History shows, however, that capitalism has done more to eradicate poverty than to create poverty. Today, it is commonly believed that the causes of poverty in Africa are more complex than previously thought and more closely linked to Africa’s own corrupt governments. The Greens’ anticapitalist rhetoric has also changed over the years, but its underlining reasoning has remained the same.

In an interview with Der Spiegel published June 7, Greens politician Jürgen Trittin talked about how the party’s objections can be understood today. Trittin has shaped Germany like almost no other Greens politician. He joined the movement early in the 1970s while keeping close ties to a Communist group of which he was a member. He served in various political positions within the Green party, including that of Germany’s environment minister between 1998 and 2005.

In the interview, Der Spiegel recounted how Trittin fought capitalism in the 1970s and asked how much the opponent has changed since. Trittin responded, saying that we are still “dealing with a capitalism that is very globalized and driven by the financial market. Today, it creates monopolies that were unimaginable at the time. Internet monopolists, such as Facebook and Google, will need to be shattered, like the U.S.-monopolized oil industry was shattered in the early 20th century. These giants cannot be permitted to prevent new competition” (Trumpet translation throughout).

In other words, the Greens’ fight against capitalism continues.

Now the Greens are campaigning against the U.S.’s media monopoly. That is part of the reason why the party values cooperating with the EU, which can enforce such laws on its member states.

Some see capitalism as the beacon of the free world; others, like Trittin, see it as an oppressive system. While the U.S., for example, increases in riches, other countries abound in poverty. While some in capitalist countries increase in wealth, others increase in wants. The huge gulf between rich and poor is caused by capitalism, so the theory goes.

Transferring Power to the Government

If you understand the Greens’ demands in light of its anticapitalist stance, you start to see where its policies are leading. The Greens’ eagerness to enforce environmental policies, for example, opens a door for the government to grow more powerful and more closely regulate businesses.

Few think that the Greens could successfully lead Germany. Even if it becomes the strongest force in the next election, forming a coalition and implementing its policies would be extremely difficult. German industry has too much power, and the nation’s survival depends largely on its industry.

Still, the Greens is gaining momentum to enforce many of its demands. One of its primary goals is to empower the EU to enforce its will on member states. The party’s success in European Parliament elections will likely further this cause.

Many Germans may be voting for the Greens because they abhor the rise of the far right, frown on the supposed ignorance of U.S. President Donald Trump, and are frustrated with Europe’s elite. While the Greens may not stand the test of time, the German people are becoming increasingly vulnerable to accepting an authoritarian regime. The Bible reveals that this will not end well.

Mankind’s Solutions Are Not God’s Solutions

Millions of people desire world peace, prosperity and a pure environment. But these hopes are unachievable in today’s world. In fact, the Bible reveals that the way man goes about pursuing peace leads to death: “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12).

In Mystery of the Ages, the late theologian Herbert W. Armstrong explained why man’s attempts to bring peace lead to war. From the beginning, mankind has chosen to rebel against God’s rule and attempted to solve its problems on its own.

The rise of the Greens seems like a sign of hope for mankind. But a close look at its policies reveals that it can never bring about utopia.

Germans are looking for a solution to the world’s mounting problems. But no one can find that solution without God. The modern-day descendants of the ancient Israelites (primarily the United States, Great Britain and the Jewish nation in the Middle East) also continue to rebel against God. God promised Israel many blessings if it would lead the world to righteousness, but instead it has led the world to sin and will be cursed for it.

Because of man’s rebellion, the world today is in chaos and Germany is looking for a strong leader. And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up” (Daniel 8:23). Request your free copy of A Strong German Leader Is Imminent, by Gerald Flurry, for more information.

This man is not prophesied to hail from the Greens, but he will exploit many of Germany’s fears and dreams. He too will seem morally upright and gladly take all the power the German people are willing to sacrifice. While he may promise utopia, he will create the greatest dystopia this world has ever seen. Once again, history will show that mankind does not know how to bring about peace. Instead man’s attempts will again lead to war (verse 24).

The God who prophesies this turn of events has also foretold that once mankind learns its lessons, He will set up a true utopia on Earth. Request a free copy of The Wonderful World Tomorrow—What It Will Be Like, by Mr. Armstrong, to learn why man’s attempts to bring about peace have failed and how God will bring about true utopia.

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Brexit and Britain’s ‘Deep State’

In the May-June 2018 issue of the Philadelphia Trumpet, editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote a lengthy article that explained why America’s government, and the nation at large, is buckling under scandal, dysfunction and division.

The article discussed America’s “deep state,” a powerful alliance of government agencies, radical-leftist politicians and bureaucrats, and the mainstream media, which since 2016 has worked surreptitiously to destroy Donald Trump and the democratic will of the American people.

When I read his article recently, I couldn’t help thinking about Britain, and especially Brexit. Is there a British “deep state” working to undermine Brexit?

Three years ago this month, 51.9 percent of the British public voted to leave the European Union. Almost 73 percent of eligible voters participated in the June 2016 referendum, the highest turnout ever for a referendum. More than 33 million people voted. The result was unequivocal: The majority wanted to leave the EU.

Three years have passed, and Britain hasn’t budged. In that time, Brexit has taken out two prime ministers, lobotomized the nation’s two largest political parties, and paralyzed the political system with division, dysfunction and scandal.

Why hasn’t Britain left the EU?

Opinions abound. But one thing is evident: Since June 2016, an alliance of government agencies, corrupt politicians and bureaucrats, and the mainstream media has worked surreptitiously to prevent Brexit. Britain has a “deep state” that is passionately committed to rejecting the democratic mandate of the British people and keeping the nation wedded to the European Union.

In an interview with lbc earlier this year, Boris Johnson, a leading Brexiteer and the leading candidate to become Britain’s next prime minister, warned what will happen if the government does not separate Britain from the EU. “I think that people will feel betrayed,” he warned, “and I think they will feel there’s been a great conspiracy by the deep state of the UK, the people who really run the country, to overturn the vote in the referendum.”

Johnson received a lot of flak for that remark. Many discarded it as typical Johnson hyperbole. But the evidence is on his side.

Britain’s deep state includes some of the nation’s most influential personalities and institutions, including the bbc, the Electoral Commission, the Treasury, the Bank of England, and myriad career politicians, civil servants and media elites. Most devastatingly, it also includes large factions of both the Labour and Conservative parties.

Let’s start with Britain’s Electoral Commission, the independent body responsible for overseeing elections and regulating political finance. This critical organization is supposed to “act at all times” to “uphold its impartiality.” To the contrary, the commission has been used as a powerful weapon to attack pro-Brexit organizations.

A 2018 investigation by the Sunday Telegraph revealed that at least four members of the commission’s 10-member board have publicly voiced support for the Remain campaign. Chairman Sir John Holmes is an avowed Remainer who has said that he “regrets the result of the referendum.”

The Electoral Commission has been accused of raiding Brexit party headquarters two days before election and turning a blind eye to finance violations by anti-Brexit organizations whilst at the same time engaging in exhaustive investigations fishing for violations by pro-Brexit campaigns.

The Electoral Commission has actively persecuted most of the key leaders of Brexit campaigns. Since the EU referendum, Matthew Elliott, chief executive of Vote Leave; Darren Grimes, head of the youth campaign BeLeave; and Dominic Cummings, campaign director of Vote Leave, have all faced harassment and investigations from the commission.

For example, after the referendum, the Electoral Commission investigated, fined and reported Vote Leave to the police for allegedly breaking the rules of campaign finance. The case went to the High Court, where Vote Leave proved that they had actually consulted with the Electoral Commission about campaign donations and had operated according to its written advice.

In September 2018, after two years in court, the High Court ruled that the Electoral Commission had given Vote Leave the wrong advice. In its judgment, the court described the commission’s behavior as “unconstructive, “arbitrary” and, in crucial instances, lacking “rational basis.”

This organization is responsible for safeguarding Britain’s democracy and the rule of law!

Since 2016, Brexiteer politicians have also become targets of the anti-Brexit deep state. The most obvious example is Nigel Farage, the leader of the recently created Brexit Party and the godfather of Brexit. Farage is routinely depicted by establishment politicians and the media as a xenophobic, far-right lunatic who is bent on returning Britain to the Middle Ages. The truth is, Nigel Farage is by far the closest to being in harmony with the majority of the British public on Brexit.

Other Brexiteers have also come under attack. On May 29, for example, a district judge in London issued a court summons to start a criminal prosecution of Boris Johnson for remarks he made during the EU referendum about the cost of EU membership. The judge’s decision to sanction the criminal prosecution of routine political discourse surprised and alarmed many.

“This feels like a dangerous moment for our democracy,” said Stephen Parkinson, senior partner of London law firm Kingsley Napley. “Once we allow the criminal law into the arena of political debate, policing what can or cannot be said, that will inevitably have a chilling effect and ultimately undermine democracy itself.”

By these standards, virtually any politician could be taken to criminal court.

Last week, Britain’s High Court stepped in and dismissed the lower court’s decision. Just in time too. This week, Conservative Party members of Parliament are in the process of selecting Britain’s next prime minister, and Boris Johnson is the leading candidate. An ongoing criminal investigation would likely have removed Johnson—one of the party’s strongest Brexiteers—from the race.

Then there’s the bbc, an iconic organization and easily the most influential news organization in Britain. The bbc operates independently from the government and is financed by the British taxpayer. Its editorial guidelines state: “Impartiality lies at the heart of public service and is the core of the bbc’s commitment to its audiences.”

But not when it comes to Brexit and the UK’s relations with the EU. The bbc has a long history of being pro-EU. This is documented in numerous polls and studies. This January 2018 report from Civitas, a respected think tank, documents how “pro-Brexit voices have been marginalized in the bbc’s coverage of EU issues for most of the past 20 years.”

The report is filled with evidence showing the bbc’s anti-Brexit bent. For example, “[O]f 4,275 survey-period guests talking about the EU on bbc Radio 4’s flagship Today program between 2005 and 2015, only 132 (3.2 percent) were supporters of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.”

A YouGov poll from January 2018 showed that 45 percent of Leave voters believed that the bbc was actively anti-Brexit. (Among Remain voters, only 13 percent considered the bbc pro-Brexit).

Influential bbc news programs like Today and Question Time are notoriously anti-Brexit. Whilst both programs feature pro-Brexit personalities, the pro-Brexit figures are nearly always outnumbered by Remainers, generally have less time to speak, and are subject to much stronger scrutiny and pushback.

I have lived in the UK for seven years. I watch the news, including the bbc, and I have yet to see a single story making a strong case that Britain can and will successfully exit the EU. This is shocking, considering a majority of the nation voted to leave Europe. The bbc simply refuses to report in a positive manner on the democratic will of the majority of the British public.

Meanwhile, it’s keen and quick to report—often melodramatically—on the slightest hint or suggestion that Brexit could have negative consequences. It is now routine to hear people expressing dismay at the bbc for its Brexit coverage. “Frankly, the bbc has become the supporter of a foreign organization called the EU,” opined former Conservative M.P. Lord Norman Tebbit last year.

It’s not just the bbc. Except for two or three tabloids, Britain’s media actively undermines Brexit across the board. Often, this means engaging in sinister attacks on Brexit figures and organizations like Nigel Farage and the Brexit Party. The list of those who use social media, tv and the papers to undermine Brexit and slander Brexiteers reads like a who’s who of Britain’s elite. It includes former prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown; top sports stars, including Gary Lineker (former footballer and a top bbc talent); and global icon Sir David Attenborough.

Then there’s the Treasury and the Bank of England. The Treasury is the government department responsible for managing the UK’s economy and finances. Ahead of the June 2016 referendum, it attempted to frighten people from voting for Brexit with relentless warnings that leaving the EU would “cause an immediate and profound economic shock” and would plunge the nation into terrible recession. In fact, the UK economy grew in both 2016 and 2017, and unemployment, instead of rising dramatically as the Treasury forecast, fell.

Since June 2016, the Treasury has delivered one jeremiad after another. And for three years, Britain’s economy has defied the forecast and remained strong and healthy. Charles Moore recently opined that the Treasury is “so anti-Brexit that it tries to weaken the British economy to prove its own dismal forecasts right.”

It’s the same with the Bank of England, Britain’s central bank. This bank, wrote Sir Paul Marshall in the Financial Times in January, “has now come to embody anti-Brexit cognitive bias to such a degree that it endangers its credibility as an institution.” The Bank of England’s predictions about the negative consequences of Brexit “were so far adrift as to be embarrassing,” he wrote.

There’s also the civil service, comprised of thousands of employees in an assembly of government departments who are responsible for advising the government and executing the decisions of cabinet leaders. Britain’s civil service has a wonderful legacy of efficiency and order; the civil service was the engine that kept the British Empire purring. Today, many are concerned that the civil service is filled with Remainers who, instead of setting aside their personal views and executing the will of the British public, are working to undermine Brexit and keep Britain in the EU.

This article from an active civil servant is distressing. “As a civil servant I can tell you large parts of the Whitehall machine are systematically working against leaving the EU,” it says. “I have met thousands of civil servants in the past few years: I can only recall five who voted for Brexit.”

Others, including respected journalists such as Charles Moore and Allison Pearson, as well as politicians such as Conservative M.P. Sir John Redwood, have expressed similar fears. “I don’t generally set much store by talk of establishment conspiracies. History teaches us that more things arise from [human error] than collusion. Still, over the past week, it has been hard to suppress a gnawing feeling that we are approaching the climax of a powerful and well-coordinated plot to thwart the democratic will of the British people as expressed in the referendum on June 23, 2016,” wrote Pearson last November.

She wrote that a “coup is being staged by civil service against the British people.”

We’ve just hit 2,000 words and I haven’t even discussed Britain’s mainstream political parties. The past three years have furnished an enormous volume of evidence proving that both the Labour Party and the Conservative Party have large contingents that simply do not want Brexit. Many politicians talk about accomplishing the will of the people and leaving the EU.

But they are infused with the spirit of the deep state and refuse to take action to uphold the rule of law and democracy!

In his booklet America Under Attack, Mr. Flurry reveals the ultimate power behind America’s deep state. That power, he explains, is revealed by the prophecy in Revelation 12, which says explicitly that Satan the devil would, in the end time, be cast down to Earth. (Biblical passages such as 2 Corinthians 4:4 and Ephesians 2:2 clearly reveal the presence of the devil in world affairs.)

What did Satan and his demons do after they were confined to Earth? Again, the Bible reveals, in Revelation 12:13-14, that his first target was God’s Church.

But he didn’t stop with the Church. As Mr. Flurry writes, “After that, he directed his attack against physical Israel. Who is that? Specifically, it is three of the modern nations that descended from the biblical nation of Israel—chiefly the United States, Britain and the Jewish state.” (You can easily prove the identity of these nations with your free copy of The United States and Britain in Prophecy, by Herbert W. Armstrong.)

“So, even though this passage [Revelation 12] doesn’t explicitly mention physical Israel, Satan’s attack on the U.S., Britain and Israel is the subtext,” Mr. Flurry goes on to write. “Satan must have attacked the nations of Israel leading up to the Great Tribulation of those three nations. Satan attacked the Church, then he attacked the nations of Israel.”

America’s lawless deep state is the creation of Satan the devil and his demons. They are using it to try to destroy America. And if the devil has a deep state in America, isn’t it logical to believe he might also be in control of a deep state—or at least be operating in the spirit of a deep state—in Britain as well? (And the Jewish state too.)

If you haven’t yet, you really need to read America Under Attack, especially the first chapter. This powerful and enlightening book is like a compass: It will help you navigate end-time world events, especially in America, Britain and Israel.

Why would the devil want Britain in the EU? It’s simple, really. The European Union is a German-dominated entity that operates in the spirit of the Holy Roman Empire. And the Holy Roman Empire, as we explain in The Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy, is a powerful tool used by Satan over the millennia to conquer Europe and much of Western civilization.

Study the history of Napoleon or Adolf Hitler, and you will see that the Holy Roman Empire actually despises democracy and the constitutional rule of law and freedom of religion and human rights. Historically, the Holy Roman Empire in Europe is in many ways the antithesis of the British Empire and the United States. This is why Europe and Anglo-America have, on the whole, been competitors and even outright enemies.

This understanding about Revelation 12 and Satan the devil being cast down sheds so much light on Brexit. Thanks to Bible prophecy, we can really understand what is happening with Brexit: Satan the devil is using the deep state to try and keep Britain locked in the European Union!

This prophecy explains the political situation here in Britain, which is almost surreal. The deep state’s refusal to leave the EU is destroying the British people’s faith in government. It is inflicting irreparable damage on the greatest parliamentary democracy in the world. It has set the nation on the path to collapse.

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Virginia Beach: What Is Behind America’s Mass Shooting Epidemic?

A memorial honoring the victims of the June 1 Virginia Beach shooting near the Virginia Beach Municipal Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Virginia Beach: What Is Behind America’s Mass Shooting Epidemic?

The cause of mass shootings is woefully misidentified.

Tragedy hit the United States again on May 31 when DeWayne Craddock, a public utilities engineer for Virginia Beach, shot and killed 12 people in the worst mass shooting the U.S. has seen so far this year. With his motives seemingly unidentifiable, the debate has again turned to gun control and away from the true cause of these atrocities.

Hours before the slaughter, Craddock submitted his resignation letter in which he respectfully delivered his two weeks’ notice, saying that for “personal reasons” he would have to vacate the job. This appears to be as close as the investigators have come to finding a cause for what followed next.

Shortly after 4 p.m. the same day, Craddock shot and killed 12 and injured four when he entered Building 2 of Virginia Beach Municipal Center with two .45 caliber handguns. Eleven of those killed were his colleagues.

One survivor, Thomas Colson, locked himself in an office as he heard gunshots and approaching footsteps. Craddock peered in through the window. They made brief eye contact. Colson told the Washington Post that Craddock’s face was a mask of inscrutable emotions. After a moment, he inexplicably walked away.

The 40-year-old was later shot dead during the long gun battle that ensued with four police officers.

Investigators remain stumped, finding it difficult to pinpoint a cause for the tragedy that no one saw coming, although he appeared to have been a loner and shunned interactions with his neighbor. According to the New York Times, three officials believed that Craddock had recently “snapped,” but not in a way that could point to his becoming a murderer. City manager David Hansen said Craddock’s performance was “satisfactory” and that he was in “good standing” within the department.

In the wake of this seemingly inexplicable tragedy, the narrative has again turned to gun control.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has once again called for new laws to introduce more stringent gun control measures. This has led to opposition from Republican House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox. The topic has been hotly contested for a long time. While the left is calling for tighter gun control, those on the right oppose it, citing an individual’s constitutional right to bear guns.

While the two sides argue, they are missing the real cause for increased gun violence.

The two guns that Craddock used were both legally purchased in 2016 and 2018. And although gun ownership is at a record low, mass shootings are becoming more and more frequent.

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According to cnn, advocates of gun control believe that America needs “gun-related legislation over the next two years, such as measures to raise the minimum age for gun purchases to 21; ‘red flag’ laws designed to make it easier for law enforcement to confiscate guns from individuals considered at ‘extreme risk’ of violence.”

Mass Shootings Tracker, which defines a mass shooting as an incident in which at least four people are shot, shows that there have been 181 mass shootings this year alone, a 20 percent increase over the same period in 2018.

With gun ownership decreasing, why are the number of shootings increasing? Because gun control is not the cause.

The real force behind these evils is not physical; it is Satan the devil, the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4).

Ephesians 2:2 says that Satan is “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.” We live in a world that is ruled by Satan, a murderer from the beginning (John 8:44). Craddock, and all other murderers, are acting on the influence of their father the devil.

The increased shootings and evil we see today were prophesied. They should come as no surprise. Timothy describes the “perilous times” coming in these last days, during which “evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse” (2 Timothy 3:1-4, 13).

Notice what is written in Revelation 12: “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time” (verse 9). In his article “The Hidden Cause of Society’s Deadly Decline,” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote, “Satan was already being worshiped on this Earth, but now its even worse. Now he’s cast down …” (emphasis added throughout).

Because of sin, this world is in captivity to the devil, subjected to his will. That is why society today is increasingly plagued by so many evils: gross immorality, homosexuality, drug and substance abuse, broken down families and corruption.

Governor Northam said in his press conference that “votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers,” are what really matter. Yet it is because we have rejected God that God has rejected us: “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind” (Romans 1:28).

Following the November 2017 mass shooting at a Texas church, Mr. Flurry wrote, “People today scoff at the existence of God. Even those who believe He exists think He has no involvement in current events. But there is always a penalty for sin.”

Those penalties are steep. And they can be seen in this world’s suffering.

God wants us to choose to turn back to Him, but we are proving that we will only do so after experiencing a great deal of self-inflicted suffering. In his article “Why Mass Shootings?,” Trumpet executive editor Stephen Flurry referred to this as a kind of “aversion therapy”:

God is not forcing us to go the way of Satan, but He is certainly allowing us to do exactly what we have chosen to do all the way back to Adam: to fill our minds full of Satan’s way of self-love. God is allowing it to bring us to the point where we will absolutely loathe and abhor this “present evil world.” He is allowing man to go his own way so that we will see the fruits of rejecting His way and living “our” way.

If mankind continues on its current path, more events will take place that will make all these terrible mass shootings look insignificant. Mr. Gerald Flurry wrote in “Mass Shooting in Texas” that mass shootings are just one example of the tragedies “that will eventually force our people to turn to God. They will finally look to their loving Father who will solve all problems, decimate all evils, and bring righteousness and joy to the whole Earth and universe. That’s a living hope! But we have to learn some very important lessons first.” And we have to learn these lessons the hard way.

Many people ask why God allows such events to occur. However, “if you believe what the Bible says,” wrote Mr. Stephen Flurry, “you know exactly why such abominable horror has happened and will happen. And you have hope. Because you know that this is a lesson in aversion therapy that teaches us to turn to God.”

For a more detailed explanation on these events and the hope to come, request your free copy of Ezekiel: The End-Time Prophet, by Gerald Flurry.

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Islamic State Building a Stronghold in Afghanistan

U.S. Army soldiers from nato are seen through a cracked window of an armed vehicle in a checkpoint during a patrol against Islamic State militants at the Deh Bala district in the eastern province of Nangarhar Province on July 7, 2018. A U.S. soldier was killed and two others wounded in an “apparent insider attack” in southern Afghanistan on July 8, nato said.
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Islamic State Building a Stronghold in Afghanistan

To counteract one Islamist enemy, the U.S. negotiates with another: the Taliban.

The Islamic State is growing more powerful in northeastern Afghanistan, according to locally based American intelligence officials, Associated Press reported on June 10.

Although driven out of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State appears to be growing stronger by absorbing new recruits into its strongholds located in Afghanistan’s mountainous eastern provinces of Nangarhar and Kunar, on the border with Pakistan.

“The bad news is their acquisition of key terrain, height concealment, where they can have easy access to money, weapons, equipment … and from where they can plan, train, stage, facilitate and expedite attacks,” an American intelligence official stationed in the area told AP.

The Islamic State’s presence in Afghanistan has grown relatively unchecked since 2015, when it absorbed thousands of recruits from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, along with smaller contingents from Chechnya, India, Bangladesh and various Arab nations. Chinese Uighur Muslims also tend to join the Islamic State in Afghanistan, likely because of its proximity to China and the relative ease of traveling through the neighboring countries.

When the Islamic State in Afghanistan looks for recruits to commit terror attacks abroad, it does not look to its most experienced and battle-hardened veterans, but to Afghani students. Recruiters are active at universities throughout the country, where they are more likely to find people familiar with traveling abroad and more competent with things like social media. These recruits are used to plan and organize more complex and effective terrorist attacks on the West.

American intelligence has already issued a warning about the capabilities of the Islamic State in Afghanistan: If left unchecked, the terrorists will be able to carry out large-scale attacks in the United States and Europe within the next year.

Eight arrests have been made in the U.S. of terrorists with links to the group. Martin Azizi-Yarand, a Texas resident who plotted to attack a mall in 2018, claimed to be acting under inspiration from the Islamic State’s Afghanistan group. In Europe, a Uzbek man with links to the group was arrested in 2017 for driving a truck into a crowd. He justified his actions by saying, “This is my commander in Afghanistan, and he is telling me what to do,” according to U.S. officials interviewed by AP.

Nearly 18 years ago, American soldiers were fighting the Taliban in the same mountains that are currently held by Islamic State fighters. Today, America’s leadership is considering a solution that involves negotiating with the lesser of two evils, the Taliban, to combat what it views as a more dangerous and capable group of jihadists.

The U.S. has been in negotiations with the Taliban in recent months in an attempt to make a deal in which the Taliban would help to combat the Islamic State in exchange for an American withdrawal. Bringing the Taliban into the government of Afghanistan is being discussed as a reasonable alternative for stopping the Islamic State from using the country as a base for terrorist attacks around the world.

As with any negotiations with terrorists, there are trade-offs. The prospect of a U.S.-Taliban deal has already driven some of the more radical Taliban fighters to switch allegiance and join the Islamic State. This has the potential to undermine the effectiveness of America’s proposed alliance with the Taliban.

However, the U.S. may be ignoring a bigger problem with its proposed alliance. The Islamic State, the Taliban, Uighurs, Chechens and all other Islamist terrorists generally have one ideal in common: They hate the West. Their ultimate goal is to undermine, wear down, and ultimately overthrow the world order promoted by Western nations like the United States.

One of the primary supporters and exporters of terrorism worldwide is Iran, especially its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which U.S. President Donald Trump recently designated as a foreign terrorist organization. Iran, through its proxies, is more responsible than any other nation for spreading terrorism around the world. It is a blatantly anti-Western regime possessing the Middle East’s largest arsenal of ballistic missiles.

Although ideologically different from the Islamic State in many ways, both Iran and the Islamic State wish to annihilate the West.

Believe it or not, the existence of a terror-sponsoring nation opposed to Europe and the U.S. was predicted far before Iran became the champion of radical Islam in 1979. The Bible prophesied of Iran’s leadership of radical Islam, called “the king of the south.” You can prove from the Scriptures that this refers to the nation of Iran today. (Read our free booklet The King of the South by Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry.)

In “Three Ways to Identify the ‘King of the South’ of Bible Prophecy,” the Trumpet wrote, “Iran has achieved its objective of becoming the most belligerent and imperialistic nation in the Middle East.” Regarding Iran’s aggressive use of proxy war and support for terrorism, we wrote, “perhaps the best way to characterize its foreign policy is pushy. And that is exactly how Daniel 11:40 describes the aggression of the king of the south. Iran has appointed itself kingpin of radical Islamism, the mortal enemy of the West, and the head of the terrorist snake.”

The rise of the Islamic State may seem disconnected from Iran because of the stark divide between Sunni Islam and Shiite Islam. However, you need to be watching Iran. Both sects are united by an extreme hatred for the West and the world order that it has imposed. And Iran, with its pushy foreign policy and numerous proxies, is the main catalyst soon to ignite a war against Europe—which the Bible says it will lose, disastrously.

Iran’s push against the West, and Europe in particular, will result in the strengthening of Europe and its extremely powerful, but temporary, unification. In the short term, all these events lead to war.

Bible prophecy, however, is not only about war and destruction—it shows how all these events are part of God’s plan.

As terrorist groups gain a greater hold on Afghanistan, and the U.S. attempts to negotiate with those who hate it, these prophecies are building toward fulfillment. To prove for yourself that Iran is the king of the south and that radical Islam is on a deadly collision course with the West, request your free copy of The King of the South, by Gerald Flurry.